It’s officially summertime, and peak wedding season is upon us! For event rental companies, that means business is probably booming right now; but a busy season means lots of setup and tear down, and an increased potential for damage to your wedding tents. That’s why it’s important to know how to take care of wedding tents. After all, these are the products you’ll be renting out to couples on the most special of days, so you want to be sure they remain in pristine condition.
Wedding tents are made from specialty fabrics which must be be handled carefully to stay at peak performance. Because they can be made from many different materials, including vinyl, polyester, nylon, or acrylic, the first step in taking care of your wedding tent is knowing exactly what it’s made of. Different cleaning products and techniques may be required for some fabrics, so always check with your manufacturer.
It’s important to assess the condition of your wedding tents often. In fact, it’s important to inspect your tent after every use. Or if in storage, at least once a month. Inspecting your tent helps ensure that it stays in good working order - free of debris or holes, and (most importantly) safe for use.
Here are some basic steps you can take to keep your wedding tent looking beautiful and functioning well:
- Brush off dirt and debris from your tent during and after use. This helps keep it from getting damaged by tree branches and leaves.
- Wash your tent regularly, but avoid using abrasive materials. Instead, opt for soft sponges and non-detergent soaps. It is always recommended that you consult your textile supplier or manufacturer about cleaning products that are safe for use on your beautiful wedding tent.
- Make sure your tent is dry when you put it in storage. You don’t want mold or mildew to grow; these can cause an unsightly mess and pose health threats.
- Inspect your whole tent, including the interior and the exterior. Look for damage that may need to be repaired before it gets worse. Check the poles, zippers and screens. Doing this can add years of use to your tent.
- Inspect the seams of your tent to make sure they are not coming apart or fraying.
- Make sure your tents parts are in good working order - lubricate each when necessary or applicable.
- Always check to see if your tent’s color is fading. If it’s losing it’s luster after prolonged exposure to the elements, then it’s time to think about getting a new one.
- Teach your employees how to take care of your wedding tents. If need be, print out a checklist or manual for them to follow before, during, and after every wedding tent rental event.
- Finally, look at your wedding tent and make sure there are no punctures or rips. Even small tears can unravel the structure’s integrity.
Keep in mind that you can always talk to your textile supplier about the do’s and don’ts of your wedding tent material. Regularly check resources like InTentsMag.com for the latest news and tip about tent fabric maintenance.
Remember, wedding tents are only used for about a day at a time, and that means they sit in storage for extended periods. Accordingly, you should take the time and care necessary to keep it dry, safe, in-tact and beautiful by taking care of the details. From inspection, to washing, lubrication, and cleaning -- every action matters.
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